4 Tips for First-Time Foster Carers

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Being a foster carer is one of the most exciting and rewarding roles out there. It is a role that can
really make a difference to a young person's life. However, it does come with a few challenges. Most children in care have been through a lot in their short lives and require a lot of support from their foster carers.

While this may be true, the benefits of being a foster carer far outweigh any challenges you may
face. And while being a foster carer can be nerve-racking in the early days, you will soon learn how
to support the children in your care.

If you're a first-time foster carer welcoming a foster child into your home, here are some top tips to
help you on your journey. These tips will help you and your foster child feel more relaxed and

1. Get Organised

The most important tip we can give you before welcoming foster children from Fosterplus or a
similar fostering agency is to get organised. Before your foster child arrives, make sure you look at
their folder to find as much information as possible about them. For example, it's a good idea to
learn about their likes and dislikes of food. That way, you can ensure you purchase food that they
will enjoy. You could also find out what they like to do and arrange something special for them
around this.

tips for first-time foster carers

2. Create a Good Routine

As mentioned above, a huge proportion of children in foster care have been through a lot in their
lives and are traumatised by their experiences. They may struggle to cope with change as a result of
this. To try and help your foster children settle in, it's a good idea to create a house routine. A
routine will help your foster children to know what to expect and when. For younger children, a
picture chart may help with this.

3. You Can Ask for Help

Although welcoming a foster child into your home can be a rewarding experience and a great deal of
fun, it can also be hard work and tiring. This is particularly true if you've never looked after a foster child before. However, there are people out there who can help. For example, you could ask your
friends and family to help or ask for support from the fostering agency.

4. Stick to Your Family Rules

Many first-time foster parents worry about setting ground rules for their foster children. They worry
that the foster children will feel overwhelmed and unhappy if too many rules are in place. However,
rules are essential, especially for young children, so it's a good idea to work with your foster children when creating rules for your home. Listening to them and asking their opinion will not only help you create rules they're more likely to stick to, but it can also help them feel involved.

Despite there being thousands of foster carers in the UK, there is still a shortage. This means that
fostering agencies are continually looking for new foster carers. Thankfully, statistics suggest that
the number of people looking into this role is increasing. If you're one of these individuals, and
you've decided to give fostering a go but are worried about welcoming your first foster child, follow the tips above. These tips will help you and your foster child feel happier and more comfortable.


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  1. ada juga anak jagaan .. sementara kan ni.. bagus juga yea ni. ambil pengalaman dulu

  2. Absolutely good informative read here with your sharing of 4 tips in taking care young kids. Totally agree with you 💯 especially since I'm taking my little niece at home as her official guardian. Cheers SiennyLovesDrawing


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